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Kerry to Turkey: Send us evidence, not allegations on Gulen

US Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Turkey to provide hard evidence that a U.S.-based cleric was behind a foiled coup.

Published: 20th July 2016 11:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2016 11:33 PM   |  A+A-

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Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa. | AP

By AP

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Turkey to provide hard evidence that a U.S.-based cleric was behind a foiled coup attempt last weekend if it wants him extradited.

Kerry said Wednesday he had made that clear in several phone calls with Turkey's foreign minister in recent days that mere allegations of wrongdoing against Fethullah Gulen would not meet U.S. extradition requirements.

Turkey submitted documents about Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania, to the Justice Department on Tuesday. U.S. officials have not yet said whether they constitute a formal extradition request.

Kerry also said Turkish officials have said that power to the Incirlik Air Base that was cut off in the aftermath of the coup would be restored in the next two days.



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